TEPSA Recommendations

TEPSA formulates recommendations to the Council Presidencies before they take office. TEPSA recommendations are formally presented to representatives and high-level officials of the incoming Presidency at the TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conferences. TEPSA recommendations are formulated by experts from the TEPSA network, without necessarily representing the views of TEPSA or its Member Institutes.

The most recent TEPSA recommendations to the incoming Presidency were presented to Ambassador Ana Paula Zacarias, Secretary of State for European Affairs of the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during TEPSA’s Portuguese Pre-Presidency Conference in November 2020.

The Portuguese Presidency is well advised to aim at accomplishing three things:

  • Finishing unfinished business including acting on the decisions taken during the German Presidency,
  • Setting a mark of its own focusing on a resilient, social and green Europe,
  • Successfully initiating relations with the new Biden administration restoring faith in the transatlantic relationship.

Lisbon should not forget to remind itself of the pre-COVID-19-agenda and aim for setting its own mark. Furthermore, four policy areas can be identified as privileged playing fields of the Portuguese Presidency and hence deserve more detailed recommendations: The New Pact on Migration and Asylum, Digitalisation, EU-Africa relations, and EU-Mercosur Association Agreement.

You can read the Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Portuguese Presidency in English here They are also available in Portuguese here.

TEPSA Recommendations Archive:

Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the German Presidency (June 2020)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Croatian Presidency (November 2019)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Finnish Presidency (June 2019)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Romanian Presidency (November 2018)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Austrian Presidency (June 2018)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Bulgarian Presidency (November 2017)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Estonian Presidency (June 2017)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Maltese Presidency (November 2016)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Slovak Presidency (June 2016)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Dutch Presidency (November 2015)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Luxembourg Presidency (June 2015)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Latvian Presidency (December 2014)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Italian Presidency (March 2014)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Greek Presidency (October 2013)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Lithuanian Presidency (July 2013)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Irish Presidency (November 2012)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Cypriot Presidency (June 2012)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Danish Presidency (December 2011)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Polish Presidency (July 2011)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Hungarian Presidency (December 2010)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Belgian Presidency (May 2010)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Spanish Presidency (November 2009)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Swedish Presidency (May 2009)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Czech Presidency (December 2008)

TEPSA’s Recommendations are co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the EU.